‘Modern Family’ casts transgender child actor Jackson Millarker

The hit ABC show has just cast 8-year-old Jackson Millarker, who is transgender, as Lily's friend Tom on the show. The actor will make his debut on Wednesday night's episode titled, "A Stereotypical Day."

The hit ABC show has just cast 8-year-old Jackson Millarker, who is transgender, as Lily's friend Tom on the show. The actor will make his debut on Wednesday night's episode titled, "A Stereotypical Day."

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — “Modern Family” is truly living up to its name.

The hit show has just cast 8-year-old Jackson Millarker, who is transgender, as Lily’s friend Tom on the show. The actor will make his debut on Wednesday night’s episode titled, “A Stereotypical Day.”

A synopsis of the upcoming episode reads: “Cam [Eric Stonestreet] and Mitchell [Jesse Tyler Ferguson] have always felt they were the most open, non-judgmental and supportive parents. However, when they overhear Lily insulting her new friend, they have to take a quick look in the mirror before they teach her a lesson about acceptance.”

The show’s director, Ryan Case, took to Instagram to post a pic with Millarker with the caption: “This is Jackson Millarker. He’s 8 years old, from Atlanta, and just happens to be transgender. He plays Lily’s friend Tom in this week’s Modern Family and he’s wonderful. One of the many reasons I love being a part of this show.”

This news comes just a few weeks after “Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor said in his Emmys acceptance speech that Hollywood should hire more transgender actors to play transgender roles. “Please give transgender talent a chance. Give them auditions. Give them their story… I would be happy if I were the last cisgender male to play a transgender female.”